COVID-19 Safety Precautions at The Toronto Centre For Medical Imaging
To ensure the safety of our patients and employees, we have initiated specific safety precautions at The Toronto Centre for Medical Imaging.
To help maintain the safety of our Clinic, we ask that all patients who meet the following criteria, rebook their appointment immediately:
- Have tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Have a cough or cold/flu-like symptoms
- Have traveled outside the country within the last 14 days
Appointments can be rescheduled by calling our Clinic at 416 368 8488.
At the Toronto Centre for Medical Imaging we will have a sign posted outside our clinic, reiterating the above conditions. We ask that all clinic visitors read the signage and adhere to the guidelines.
Traditionally, we would provide any patients who have a cough or cold/flu symptoms with a mask for their appointment. However, since COVID-19 is spreading so rapidly, we are now temporarily restricting access to our clinic staff and only imaging asymptomatic patients who meet our guidelines stated above. This helps keep a clean work environment for everyone inside our facility.
Please note, if you are not symptomatic, we will not give you a mask.
One standard that will not change is our dedication to patient care. We will continue to work with our patients, referring physicians, and fellow employees throughout this challenging time.
Provided by Public health & the World Health Organization
Symptoms for COVID-19 are similar to those for influenza or other respiratory illnesses. The most common symptoms include:
- extreme tiredness
- Most people (about 80%) recover from this disease without needing special treatment. However, it can cause serious illness. Those who are older, and those with other medical problems are more likely to develop serious illness, which can include difficulty breathing or pneumonia. There is a risk of death in severe cases. While we are still learning about how COVID-19 affects people, older persons and persons with pre-existing medical conditions (such as high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, cancer or diabetes) appear to develop serious illness more often than others.
People who develop a fever and/or cough or difficulty breathing should be assessed for COVID-19 if, within 14 days before symptoms began, they meet any of the following criteria:
- Traveled anywhere outside of Canada.
- Had close contact* with a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19.
- Had laboratory exposure to biological material (e.g. primary clinical specimens, virus culture isolates) known to contain COVID-19 virus.
- Had close contact* with a person with acute respiratory illness who has traveled anywhere outside of Canada within the last 14 days before their illness.
Anyone meeting these criteria should avoid contact with others and call Public Health for advice.
*Close Contact* is defined as a person who:
- Provided care for the individual, including healthcare workers, family members or other caregivers, or who had other similar close physical contact with the person without consistent and appropriate use of personal protective equipment
- Lived with or otherwise had prolonged close contact (within 2 meters) with the person while the person was infectious
- Had direct contact with infectious bodily fluids of the person (e.g. was coughed or sneezed on) while not wearing recommended personal protective equipment.
Stay home and call Public Health for advice. If you are not seriously ill, do not go to a physician’s office, a health care facility or a lab without consulting with Public Health first. Call 911 if you are seriously ill and need immediate medical attention and inform them that you may have COVID-19
Self-isolation means avoiding situations where you could infect other people. This means all situations where you may come in contact with others, such as social gatherings, work, school, child care, athletic events, university, faith-based gatherings, healthcare facilities, grocery stores, restaurants, shopping malls, and all public gatherings.
- You should (where possible) not use public transportation, including buses, taxis, or ride-sharing.
- As much as possible, you should limit contact with people other than the family members/companions who you traveled with.
- You should avoid having visitors to your home, but it is okay for friends, family, or delivery drivers to drop off food.
- You can also use delivery or pick up services for errands such as grocery shopping.
- Avoid sharing household items such as dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, pillows, or other items with other people in your home. After using these items, you should wash them thoroughly with soap and water, place in the dishwasher for cleaning, or wash in the washing machine.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water and regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched and shared surfaces such as doorknobs and counters.
If you need to leave your home for an urgent errand, such as picking up essential medication, as a precaution to reduce the risk of spread, you should wear a surgical mask while you are out.
- During this time, it is important that you monitor your health for symptoms like fever or cough and call Health Link 811 if you have any concerns.
Although there are no specific medications for COVID-19 at this time, the Alberta health care system is able to provide effective care for people who develop a serious COVID-19 illness.
Not yet. Much research is currently underway to develop a vaccine, but it could take some time before a vaccine is developed and approved for use in Canada.